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This edition of the electronic newsletter continues our past practice of celebrating success of both the city along with the industries and allies that helps make St. Charles a great place to live, work and play.
 
At their recently completed annual meeting, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) honored both our Economic Development and Media Departments for their multimedia promotion effort in our Illinois workforce recruitment program.  Additionally, Economic Development was also honored for achieving re-certification as an Accredited Economic Development Organization.
 
This newsletter also highlights other successes such as the opening of the Drury Plaza Hotel at Streets of St. Charles, the ribbon cutting of the new Mission Taco Joint at Streets, the beginning of significant improvements at many of our parks and unveiling of our next workforce recruitment program in Bloomington, Illinois.
 
These stories are prime examples of the vision of the City of St. CharlesFirst, it says a lot when independent third parties celebrate the successes in St. Charles.  From the IEDC awards to the growth at Streets of St. Charles...other people are taking notice of what is happening here.  Second, the parks renovations and the workforce recruitment program says we are not resting on our laurels. 
 
This City truly is committed to taking the successes of our past to create even more success in the future.  This success was not only achieved by this community; but by all of our partners, industries and allies.
 
Are you looking for a community that is grounded in the past but has a strong vision for the future...then set your sights on the City of St. Charles.  While others are touting our successes, we are continue to look to the future.
 
And remember..."If it's happening, it's happening in St. Charles."

Thank you,
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Mayor Sally Faith
St. Charles to Host Cutting Edge Workforce Recruitment Program

Following the success of a similar effort held earlier this spring, the   Economic Development Department has announced it will host a second workforce recruitment program in Bloomington-Normal.  Once again,   St. Charles ,   EDC Business & Community Partners and the  St. Charles County Workforce Development Office will be joined by a contingent of St. Charles businesses.
 
"Based on our past success we determined a second program was warranted.  Given the number of partners attending the October fair and the results from March, our assessment is justified," stated Economic Development Director David Leezer.
 
The St. Charles Career and Lifestyle Day will take place on Thursday, October 26th from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Hyatt Place in Normal, Illinois.
 
"This program demonstrates our commitment to helping our employers find the labor force they need.  Given the extreme economic disruption taking place in Illinois and the strength of our regional economy, this is the most logical place for our focus," Leezer added.
 
Employers attending include:  Ameristar Casino & Hotel, LMI Aerospace, Patriot Machine, SSM Health, Pickett, Ray & Silver and Brown, Smith Wallace.  The City's Police Department and Fire Department will also be on hand looking for men and women wanting to join their ranks.


Mission Taco Joint, Drury Plaza Opens at Streets of St. Charles
Mission Taco Joint celebrated their opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony  

Representatives from Cullinan Properties, City of St. Charles and the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the opening of two new venues at the highly acclaimed Streets of St. Charles.
 
Mission Taco Joint  officially opened its first St. Charles County restaurant in June and hosted a Chamber sponsored ribbon cutting in early September.
 
The 4,500-square-foot location seats 132 guests inside with an additional 48 seats on the patio and can accommodate large parties and private events.
 
Patrons can expect their ever popular offerings of street tacos,
Mayor Faith and other officials celebrate the opening of Drury Plaza
burritos and appetizers along with their ritual of highlighting a customized mural painted by a local artist.  The mural at Streets was painted by Zack Smithy and features Mark Twain, Daniel Boone and Sacagawea along with Lewis & Clark.
 
In late September, Drury Hotels corporate officials joined local leaders to celebrate the opening of its new seven-story, 180-room Drury Plaza Hotel. Located at 380 Mulholland Drive, the new hotel has already established itself as a landmark along the Interstate 70 corridor.
 
Drury operates more than 140 hotels in 21 states and is one of the region's largest privately held firms.
 
Chris West, Partner & CEO of Cullinan Properties, stated the latest two additions, along with the future opening of a new Tru by Hilton Hotel; solidifies Streets as a development trend setter in the entire St. Louis region.
 
"The Streets of St. Charles is recognized as one of the most exciting developments in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area and interest continues to grow from a number of possible tenants," West stated.


City Receives AEDO Reaccreditation by the IEDC
IEDC Board Chair Michael Langley presents AEDO plaque to David Leezer

T he   International Economic Development Council (IEDC) announced the Economic Development Department for the City of St. Charles has once again been recognized as one of sixty  economic development organizations accredited by IEDC as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO). Originally accredited in 2014, the organization was reaccredited by IEDC following three successful years of activity as an AEDO member.
 
"The City's department displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of this honor", said IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle.
 
The AEDO program is a comprehensive peer review process that measures economic development organizations against commonly held standards in the profession. The program consists of two phases: a documentation review and an onsite visit. Each phase is designed to evaluate information about the structure, organization, funding, program, and staff of the candidate economic development organization.
 
Earning the AEDO accreditation tells the community and prospects that the Economic Development Department for the City of St. Charles attained a measure of excellence assuring that their trust is well placed and their business is in good hands.
 
"We are proud and honored to have met the high standards set by IEDC and AEDO for reaccreditation," stated David Leezer, Director of the City's Economic Development Department.  "This achievement, which has been earned by a comparatively low number of organizations in North America, reinforces the quality of this department."
 
"We are also proud to say that of the five AEDO's in the State of Missouri, St. Charles is the ONLY community in the state to have achieved this designation," Leezer added.
 
The City was formally recognized for this achievement in September at the IEDC's Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada.


Featured Article - 5 Reasons a Move to the Midwest Might be Good for Your Business

Steve Johnson, CEO of Missouri Partnership

Missouri is a great place for business, according to the article "5 Reasons a Move to the Midwest Might Be Good for Your Business" on Inc.com. And Missouri's global agtech leadership is a key reason.
  
"The future of farming looks bright," Rahul Varshneya writes in Inc. "Businesses large and small are investing in agtech solutions to tackle the challenge of feeding a crowded planet, and advancements in everything from drone technology to biofuels are making the space increasingly exciting to work in."

"This growth in the agtech sector has revitalized economic prospects in the Midwest. The allure of cities such as Chicago and Minneapolis continues to draw people from all over the world to the region. The latter is experiencing a level of growth not seen since the 1920s. But the cultural and architectural rebirth of two other important anchor cities - St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri - has also contributed to the region's revitalized economic prospects. These cities and the rest of the Midwest are at the epicenter of the booming agtech industry, which has attracted nearly $8 billion in venture capital over the past two years."

"The Midwest has become a  magnet for agricultural organizations around the world searching for a place rich with talent, innovation, and potential revenue," Steve Johnson, CEO of Missouri Partnership, is quoted as saying.

The author agrees, writing, "His optimism is well-founded - and that growth will occur throughout the region."


Featured Property - 3850 Millstone Parkway
96,825 SF Manufacturing Building on 12 Acres

If you are looking for the absolute best manufacturing building in the St. Louis region, then look no further than 3850 Millstone Parkway.
 
Offered by   Jim Medbery of   Binswanger , this one-of-a-kind operations 98,045 SF facility sits on 12 acres (9 of which are fenced),  concrete tilt up construction,  6" reinforced concrete floors with direct access from multi-laned Highway 370.
 
Amenities include:  
  • 32' x  32' Column Spacing
  • 26,650 SF of Office Space
  • 2 Dock High Loading Doors with Levelers
  • 2 Drive In Doors
  • 28' Ceilings Heights Clear
  • Compressed Air Lines
  • Fully Sprinklered
  • Fully Air Conditioned
This is a must see building that has already drawn a lot of attention.  To discover more about the greatest available building in the St. Louis area in the region's greatest community, contact Jim Medbery of Binswanger at 404-892-4100.


Economic Development Receives IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Award
IEDC Board Chair Michael Langley presents the Silver Excellence Award to David Leezer

The   St. Charles Economic Development Department received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for its Career and Lifestyle Day, a project in the category of Video/Multimedia Promotion from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 19, during the IEDC Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada.

"On behalf of the IEDC board of directors and Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee, I congratulate the City of St. Charles. Not only did they work to provide a necessary service to their community; but also, their participation in the awards program sheds light on their stellar projects which other communities can now use as a benchmark," stated Michael Langley, FM, CEO of Greater MSP, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, and 2017 IEDC Board Chair.

Recognizing a need to assist existing industries find much needed employees, The City's Economic Development Department initiated a cutting edge workforce recruitment program which included customized developed social media spots which won acclaim from IEDC.

The St. Charles County Career and Lifestyle Fair was held on March 28 in Effingham, Illinois and was joined by eight local employers to recruit Illinois residents to live and work in St. Charles. The video was promoted through the department's social media platform along with a strategically targeted electronic outreach effort created by Charter/Spectrum.
 
"We are excited and honored to receive this award," stated David Leezer, Director of the city's Economic Development Department.  "We share this honor with our Media Department and the industries that joined us to make this a successful effort."


Upgrades to Parks Underway, Katy Trail Bike Trail Extension Completed
Groundbreaking ceremony for Aquatic Facility

Long recognized for its numerous quality of life features, the City of St. Charles continued to enhance that reputation with two significant projects.
 
In late 2016, residents approved a ½ cent sales tax of which a portion was set aside to address much needed improvements to the community's parks systems and work began earlier this summer.
 
"The support of our residents is vital if we are to maintain a first class parks and recreation operation," stated   Parks and Recreation Director Maralee Britton.
 
Projects include replacement of the Blanchette Aquatic Facility and renovation of the Waplehorst Aquatic Facility, along with upgrades to various playgrounds , athletic fields and ball fields.
 
"All funds are being spent on capital improvements to benefit those enjoying our facilities," Britton added.
 
In a similar vein, Mayor Sally Faith cut the ribbon of the new Highway 370/Route 94 Bike and Pedestrian Trail in late September. 
 
"This is an exciting project because is connects the famed Katy Trail to the Great Rivers Greenway Trail which originally stopped at the Mel Wetter Overpass," stated Faith.
 
During the opening ceremonies, Mayor Faith recognized Boeing , LMI Aerospace , Royal Canin , the EDC Business & Community Partners , Great Rivers Greenway , St. Charles County , City of Bridgeton , Missouri Parks Department and the St. Charles Parks Department for their contributions in making this project a reality.



Sincerely,

Your Economic Development Team  
David Leezer,   Travis Wilson and Susie King